link to an earlier thread concerning this site https://dawlish.com/thread/details/44940
I would like to offer some history to this building as I spent a happy childhood with my grandparents, Mr and Mrs Lane here from the 1960s through to their passing in the 1990s.
I am pleased to see that the gig barn and part of the building is to be restored as a dwelling and feel a narrative might be helpful in its future.
SJ Hardwick (MBE).
Thanks for your input.
I see from your comments on the planning application portal that your grandparents lived in the vicarage for some while in the past and that you would like to put in the public domain what you remember of that time (or words to that effect).
I am sure many of us who visit this website would like to know as well. Would you like to tell us on this thread or would you prefer to relate your family's history of the building to an organisation say, like, Dawlish History group?
From the minutes of Dawlish town council planning committee meeting held 1.10.20
RESOLVED by majority of Members present and voting that this council recommends NO OBJECTION to this application. It was further resolved that should the officer be minded to refuse this application that a request be made to go to Teignbridge Planning Committee as approval of this application is in the public interest.
Well, well, quelle surprise (not!).
Historic England are objecting (again.)
It seems to me that TDC planning committee can't win on this one.
There is an awful lot of support for the planning application from local residents and the town council.
BUT objections are being put forward from various authorities (Historic England/TDC Heritage) that to demolish it or alter it anyway should not be allowed. More to the point, and as I understand it, planning regulations, in the form of the NPPF*, say that the building should be left as it is.
I have also read that to alter or demolish a listed building, without permission, is to break the law.
So.....if TDC planning committee members approve the planning application then they are not only going against planning regulations (which should guide them in their decision making) but will also be advocating, aiding and abetting, call it what you will, law breaking.
But if they refuse planning consent then they will really, really, p/off many Dawlish residents and both residents and the town will be stuck with this ever deteriorating eyesore for years to come.
Please will someone come back at me and explain why I am wrong.
*National Planning Policy Framework
I mentioned the NPPF. If anyone is interested in what it has to say with regard to historic buildings then click on this link and scroll down to page 54. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/810507/NPPF_Feb_2019_print_revised.pdf
In its letter dated 20/10/20 objecting to this planning application, Historic England state that if TDC is minded to grant planning permission then HE request (order?) that the matter be referred to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government.
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has the power to take over (‘call in’) planning applications rather than letting the local authority decide. The secretary of state will normally only do this if the application conflicts with national policy in important ways, or is nationally significant.
He or she has to take published government policy into account when deciding whether or not to call in a planning application, and when making the decision. If the secretary of state decides to call in a planning application, an inspector is appointed to carry out an inquiry into the proposal. The secretary of state has to take the inspector’s findings into account when making the decision.